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October 2, 2022
  • A Brand-New Audiobook to Increase Your Appreciation of Living Prophets

    It’s an occupational hazard that when you are producing and editing an audiobook, even if you didn’t participate in the creation of the text, you will hear the messages in it a lot as you go through and polish the sound. I had the opportunity to recently help create an audiobook version of Duane Boyce and Kimberly White’s new book from Meridian Press, The Last Safe Place: Seven Principles for Standing with the Prophets in Troubled Times and I found myself grateful to engage in its message in such an in-depth way.

    Over and over I thought, ‘if everyone would just listen to this, it would answer so many questions and calm so many hearts when it comes to some of the most controversial topics surrounding modern prophets.’

    Now the book is finally available for everyone else to engage with and here are three reasons why I think it’s …

  • Perspective: What J.K. Rowling got wrong about Joseph Smith and the golden plates

    The following is excerpted from the Deseret News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE

    “Harry Potter” series author J.K. Rowling tweeted Thursday about Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the “golden plates,” saying that “nobody else was allowed to look at them” besides Smith.

    The claim that Smith didn’t allow anyone else to see the plates, from which he translated the Book of Mormon, is not a new one. Rowling later amended her statement to say that 11 people saw the plates after she went “to look it up.”

    “The Book of Mormon” musical made this erroneous claim as well.

    In the song “All-American Prophet,” the angel Moroni sings, “But don’t let anybody see …

  • General Conference by the Numbers: President Russell M. Nelson

    Cover image via Gospel Media Library.

    President Russell M. Nelson has had an outsized impact on the Church in the short time that he has been President.  Some of his most impactful accomplishments as President of the Church include:

    1. His consistent message that the gathering of Israel is the most important work on the face of the earth. He has taught that the gathering is taking place on both sides of the veil.
    2. The Come Follow Me program of home-centered, church-supported gospel learning
    3. Emphasis on temple work and the construction of new temples
    4. Calling the church by its correct name
    5. Urging members of the Church to keep their covenants and to Let God Prevail in their lives.

    Gathering Israel on both sides of the veil

    Throughout his service as a general authority, President Nelson has taught the importance of the gathering of Israel[i].  Perhaps his most eloquent effort …

  • The Best Laid Plans…

    My son Will had his college fund in the bag at the age of 7 as a result of a class action law suit. He had suffered long term health problems from drinking our local water after a preventable sewage spill into the water system.  Will’s settlement money went into a bank account, untouchable until he was 18. It would have been enough to put him through four years of college, with a little help from summer jobs and minor parental contributions. So when other parents were putting money into education accounts and fretting over pending tuition bills, Paul and I crossed that worry off our list.

    On his 18th birthday, a month before heading off to his dream university, Will stood before the judge who had been conservator over his cash. “What are you going to do with all this money?” she barked.

    “College,” Will said, without skipping …

  • Your Hardest Family Question: Should I keep buying baby supplies for my grandchildren?


    My son has been married about ten years now. My son and his wife brought up concerns many times about the cost of children which I think was a deterrent for their delay in having them.

    Money is often a concern for them. My son has a good job, but the cost of living is high. I told them if they decided to have children, I would financially provide everything a baby and toddler would need. Apparently, this was the encouragement they needed. I have two adorable grandchildren and I have provided the necessities promised and then some. I provided plenty of disposable diapers for months and offered all cloth diaper essentials if they decided to go that route.

    Originally my offer was to provide cloth diapers only but when they said they didn’t want to do cloth diapers, and since I bought months’ worth of disposable supplies so …

  • Cartoon: Stoked for General Conference

  • Changes Announced During October 2022 General Conference Leadership Meetings

    The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE

    On Thursday morning the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the calls of six Area Seventies during the first session of the October 2022 general conference leadership meetings.

    Area Seventies

    From the Third Quorum (Africa Central, Africa South and Africa West Areas):

    Willy Binene, 53, Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; recently released as Church History regional director; former district president, stake president and mission president; wife: Lilly; four children.

    From the Seventh Quorum (Europe Central, Europe East, Europe North and the Middle East/Africa North Areas):

    Bernhard Cziesla, 57, Jakobwüllesheim, Germany; director, Toyota Financial Services Europe & Africa; currently serving as a counselor in a mission presidency; former bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and stake president; wife: Daniela; two …

  • Spooky Books to Get Your Kids Excited for Halloween

    The month of October celebrates one of the most fun times for kids. Between dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating, the anticipation building up to the last day of the month is great fun. Here are some of the newest books to help celebrate this month along with enjoying reading together as a family. All books are picture books good for ages three through eight unless otherwise indicated. The board books are geared for ages zero to three.

    Witch Hazel, by Molly Idle, is a tender reminder of the importance of sharing our family history and the memories that are built over time. Magic happens when Hazel and young Hilda get together. Hazel’s magical broom whisks off the years of memories while Hilda observes them come to life. Are these memories making magic or is the magic making memories? The earth tones found throughout the book made with Prisma-colored …

  • Coming Home

    “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the very first time.”  -T.S. Eliot

    After graduating from the University of Utah, I married my own California Prince Charming and we rode off together into the western sunset to begin our family. Lots of water under the bridge and seven baby births later, we received a calling that instigated our moving back to the home of my childhood, both figuratively and literally.

    My husband’s call as a general authority almost certainly meant that we would be asked to move all over the world for the following nineteen years until my husband turned seventy. At that time, all seven of our children were single. After having spent a married lifetime working to establish cohesion for that grand group of intimates, the mother in me felt …

  • Why Is Isaiah 53 the Crown Jewel of the Old Testament? (Part 2 of 2)

    The following is part two of a two-part series. To read part one, CLICK HERE

    Cover image: The Raising of the Cross, ca. 1886–1894.

    Reflections on the Come, Follow Me study selection for Isaiah 50–57

    This two-part essay is focused on four questions:

    1. Why, in contrast to many who study this chapter, can Latter-day Saints be confident that the Isaiah’s description of the Righteous Servant refers to Jesus Christ?
    2. Apart from the vivid word pictures in individual verses, what is the big picture being painted by Isaiah 53 (and its preface at the end of Isaiah 52)?
    3. How might we understand some of the difficult-to-comprehend verses?
    4. How has this chapter changed the lives of some Latter-day Saints?

    In part one of this article, I discussed the first two questions. In this part, I’ll discuss questions three and four.

    1. How Might We Understand Some of the Difficult-to Comprehend Verses?

    Though …


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